Boredom never occurs to the mind that is without a spurious, central regulator that is always dependent upon experience. If the mind is its own energy it does not always have to depend upon outside patterns of energy to function joyfully. So many depend on outside influences, outside patterns and forms. Often they internalize these patterns and forms and merely look with the accumulated remembrances of these. So many depend on internal influences, internal patterns and forms. However, a mind that often looks without merely accumulating, without merely storing patterns and attributes… may perceive freshly and joyfully without the dead and dusty past. When the mind is fresh it renews itself from moment to moment, beyond mere accumulation and storing. Without being dependent upon experiences at all times, it may enjoy experiences, but it often goes beyond them. Then boredom rarely or never sets in. If there is no false center to be entertained, then the mind is free of a learned center that was accumulated from others; such a mind may also be free of many other types of accumulated patterns, forms, and images (oftentimes). For instance, when perception of a creature takes place, it need not merely label it and look at it with a sense of separation. Or if it does label it, there is a “going beyond the label,” and the animal is seen without merely pigeonholing it, categorizing it, and looking at it from a separative stance. Such a mind is free to be fresh and uncontaminated, without the stale past and stored symbols. Boredom is not freedom.
Well, I Toad You So! Video by Thomas Peace c. 2016
Saying you live in the here and now still involves measurement and, as such, is still of time and limitation.
The bucket of the transitory has a hole in it… that is eternally pouring out.
When you are truly deep in the woods, you are not in the woods… the woods are in you.
If we are mostly conditioned, then free will has very little place. However, we are still responsible for bringing orderly behavior and getting things right.
Deep intelligence, compassion, wisdom, and real love are not four separate things.
We are all like the fingers of a hand… different, yet not really separate. (This, as was mentioned before in one of my postings, was told to one of the parrots who lives with us… and she said, “You are right!” At least some may understand me, different species or not.)
Veronica. Photo by Thomas Peace c.2016
We talk to ourselves internally all of the time; most of us do this most of the time. Most of us delineate and interpret the phenomena of the world through words and learned images. Words are the modus operandi by which and through which most of our minds function. We recognize the world’s phenomena by words, patterns, and images which we have absorbed from others. We continue to categorize and measure via learned words; we are not separate from what these patterns of words are, though we think (as we were told) that we (from some kind of internal distance) “use” them. All words are symbolic.
Divinity itself is even promised by others via words. They tell you to read and believe in a certain book, or system, or series of stories; then, so they say, you will come closer to the divine. Some will even claim to give you what can reach the divine (by way of repeating certain special words or mantras over and over again).
It’s all too easy to follow and cling to the words of others (especially when they promise to give you something fantastic, just like so many politicians do). It is easy because each of us clings to words repetitiously (as a habit) day in and day out. What isn’t easy — what is arduous and what is rarely done by anyone in this violent, chaotic world of ours — is to understand one’s mind (from moment to moment) throughout the day, without merely being dependent upon symbols, images, separation, judgement, conflict, control, and what was absorbed from others.
Unfurling (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016
Unfurling (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016
Dogs are so joyful to frequently hug
Dogs are fun to roll around with on the living room rug
Dogs cherish you in their own little pack
Dogs = oodles of love to give back
Dogs just wish you to be compassionately there
Dogs (if your face is ugly) do not give a care
Dogs each can be just a wonderful friend
Dogs chase their tails to no attainable end
[The first photo is of our 14-year-old Shih Tzu, Gabbie. She just turned 14; yesterday was her birthday! The second photo is a 12 million-year-old fossil wolf from Eurasia. Could it be a distant ancestor to the dogs who own us? Possibly! (Putting a perspective on time here, recent research reveals that the ancestors of humans and chimpanzees may have begun genetically diverging from one another 13 million years ago; 12 million years ago we were still in the trees, safe from the terrestrial, predatory wolves.) ]
Our dog Gabbie. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016
12 Million Year Old Fossil Wolf. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016
If we sincerely wish to be truly peaceful and help the world go beyond the conflict that tears people apart, then it would be prudent to exist as that which does not contribute to much of the separation and conflict. It would be wise to be a global citizen, not a mere adherent to a particular political party, country, or race. This isn’t anarchy here; it is intelligently working together as one, beyond all of the insane, disconnected nonsense. It would also be foresighted and very thoughtful to not belong to an organized religious structure, with its own separate set of dogmas, beliefs, and hierarchical systems. It is separative countries, traditions, organized religions, and beliefs that have largely contributed to wars and friction between people. This is no small matter; people die over this stuff; young people die. If we could come together, just as friends, putting away the absorbed patterns that cause so much of the friction, maybe that would be the start of truly being spiritual. However, so many refuse to let go of the inherited patterns and traditions that they cling to. If that would change, and if they would perceive and care instead of repeat and belong… we would have a planet with much less bloodshed. So many of us were brainwashed into thinking that belonging to things gives us security; however, real global security, ironically, comes when man transcends belonging to systems that separate and cause friction.
White-breasted Nuthatch. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016
beyond the gobbledygook of politicians
and a mad society’s derelictions
beyond the divisive multiplicity
exists a yellow, whole, and naturally red simplicity
not bamboozled by their hateful despair
we won’t feed our youth to constant warfare
we’ll cherish love despite the bureaucrats
as we disappear from their gray caveats
Explosion in Spring. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016
Explosion in Spring. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016
There is space between what is seen outwardly (i.e., there in the outer environment) and — for most of us — there is space between what is considered the central controller (i.e., the “I”) and the other (controlled) thoughts. It may be, however, that there is no space between the so-called central controller and the other thoughts whatsoever. Correct perception would be the thoughts or images of the mind (including the thought of “I”) without the imagined space (of using them at a distance) that most people have (and “are”). A mind with less self-deception would function more accurately with less friction and conflict than would a mind full of falsities and concocted limited space. Asserting power and domination (inwardly), when it really isn’t there, may be one of the reasons why people assert power outwardly, trying to dominate over others (or other life forms) while not perceiving their true relationship with them. True relationship, which often involves real compassion, insight, and holistic seeing, is what negates limited space and superficial domination. So many of us extend outwardly what we are inwardly. So many of us take this inward separation, domination, and limited space and (also) utilize it to look outwardly. Indifference is often what then occurs. All thought is limited, but thinking that one is something separate from thought (controlling it) from some sort of inward distance… is much more limited.
Instead, we can transcend inner (false) conflict, transcend separation (that really isn’t there if one sees accurately) and go beyond mere domination and isolation. We can tear down the walls that separate and divide us. We cannot do that fully, however, unless we go beyond our primitive inner separations and fragmentary ways. We can do this. There is something magical and whole beyond limited inner and outer perspectives, beyond mere (absorbed) limited space and conflict.
Spring flowing. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016